Meeting Minutes October 27th. 2022- Nicola Ross: Hiking in Southern Ontario
Start @ 9:58 am in the Trinity United Church Gymnasium 36 Members in attendance
President John Sneyd opened the meeting by welcoming today’s guest speaker, Nicola Ross as well as four new guests: John Phelps, Doug Davidson, Gary Cousins and Don Modale.
President Sneyd read out correspondence from John Bullock’s wife, Nancy, thanking the club for its thoughtfulness and the donation to the Guelph General Hospital in John’s memory. President Sneyd also announced the passing of member, Ken Watson. Julian Sale spoke about representing the club by attending the funeral viewing and speaking to Ken’s family who said that Ken was always informing them about the speakers to the Club and how much Ken enjoyed them. The Club has sent a donation in Ken’s memory to the Canadian Lung Association.
Announcements: Activities – Ken Marchant - A reminder of the Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Sleeman Center with a show of interest as to who would like to attend afterwards to lunch at Diana’s Restaurant; - The 2022 Christmas Dinner on Thursday, December 8th, at the Victoria East Golf Course. Payment is now being collected at a cost is $57 person.
Mamma Mia at Drayton Theatre - Warren Gregg - tickets to be picked up for anyone signed up from Warren
Coffee Meeting – John Sneyd - This has become very popular with about half of the active members of the Club showing up at the Boathouse on Thursdays. This will continue until December 15th. After the New Year we will continue having coffee meetings at the Symposium Restaurant.
Bio: Nicola Ross is an avid hiker and cyclist who pursues her love of writing, travel and sport on a full-time basis.
The winner of numerous writing honours, including a National Magazine Award, Nicola is the author of ten books, including the popular Loops & Lattes Hiking Guides (Caledon; Halton; Dufferin; Hamilton & Area; Waterloo, Wellington & Guelph; and Collingwood, the Blue Mountains & the Beaver Valley). Nicola is a regular contributor to and columnist with In the Hills magazine. Her articles have been published in The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, Explore magazine, Mountain Life, Avenue, Ontario Nature, Alternatives Journal, and more.
After years working in the environment sector as a climate change consultant, writer and editor of Canada’s national environmental magazine Alternatives Journal, she now focuses on travel and adventure writing.
Presentation: In this new, completely revised edition of Halton Hikes: Loops & Lattes, Nicola describes 37 routes that will appeal to casual walkers as well as seasoned hikers. Her loops all begin and conveniently end at the same location. Ranging in length from 3.6 to 24.1 kilometres, each is accompanied by a detailed map, precise directions, loads of colour photos and a smattering of local lore. Halton Region stretches north from Oakville and Burlington, up the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment near Campbellville, Milton, Acton, Georgetown and Glen Williams and into the rural areas just across the border near Eden Mills, Rockwood, Erin, Cheltenham and Terra Cotta.
Nicola Ross spoke extensively about her experiences in self-publishing her books about hiking trails in southern Ontario. She informed us that her book on the hiking trails in Waterloo Region has the record for being the single most book sold at the bookstore in Waterloo.
Along with her story about self-publishing and hiking she showed many pictures of scenes taking along the trails she has hiked and mapped out with descriptions of the various hikes.
Following Nicola’s presentation, John Sneyd thanked her for her presentation and gave her a token of the Club’s appreciation.
Next meeting: Thurs., November 10th, 2022 with Abby Watts: Guelph's New Zoning By-Laws